PhDs in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Environmental studies cover a wide interdisciplinary area, which investigates how the natural world works and how humans interact with it. This area of study approaches present environmental issues such as pollution, global climate change and depletion of natural resources. Environmental sciences try to find sustainable ways to maintain or improve the integrity of the natural environment.

Earth sciences deal with the study of our planet, its material structure, atmosphere and physical characteristics. Specialised fields of the discipline include geology, meteorology, oceanography and even astronomy.

Both environmental studies and earth sciences integrate knowledge of physics and biochemistry to study environmental systems, study the history of earth and its constant changes, and try to find solutions for pressing environmental issues. Sub-disciplines of environmental studies and earth sciences include toxicology, biodiversity and conservation, soil science and environmental management. Environmental studies also incorporate social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment.

Environmental and earth scientists perform experiments and take accurate measurements related to how the earth’s characteristics and environmental issues evolve and change. They work on subjects like understanding earth processes, weather changes, natural hazard prediction, alternative energy systems research, natural resource management and more.

Graduates find work in government agencies, non-profit organisations or environmental consulting agencies. Careers in the field range from hydrologist, geographer or seismologist, to environmental compliance inspector, climate change analyst and emergency management specialist.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering
  • Sep 2016
    Not specified
  • 36 months

The doctorate degree is intended for students who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm toward technological research and innovation, and are inclined to remain in an academic or research environment working on emerging technologies and challenging engineering projects.

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Climate Variability and Impacts Climate Variability and Impacts
  • Dec 2015
    Not specified
  • 60 months

Oceans and Climate Variability: The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and, through its exchange of heat, water and compounds with the atmosphere, the lithosphere, and the cryosphere, it plays a key role in our climate system. The ocean also hosts a significant fraction of the Earth’s biosphere, which both responds to, and plays a role in, climate variability.

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Geosciences Geosciences
  • Dec 2015
  • International $ 43,720 per year
  • 60 months

Department of Geosciences, together with its affiliated interdepartmental programs and institutes, serves as the central focus for the earth, atmospheric, oceanographic and environmental sciences at Princeton. As such, the department encompasses a rich diversity of scientific expertise and initiatives that ranges, from the measurement and modeling of global climatic change to high-pressure mineral physics, and from seismic tomographic imaging of the mantle under the continents to analysis of the tectonics of Venus.

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Chemical Oceanography Chemical Oceanography
  • Dec 2015
    Not specified
  • 60 months

Students enter the Joint Program in Chemical Oceanography with a wide range of backgrounds and eventually embark on thesis research in a wide variety of fields of study. The program is flexible, with an emphasis on reaching academic milestones rather than on the path taken.

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Physical Oceanography Physical Oceanography
  • Dec 2015
    Not specified
  • 60 months

The MIT/WHOI Joint Program provides a high quality doctoral education leading to an internationally-recognized Ph.D. degree awarded by both institutions.

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Environmental Sciences and Policy Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 15,000 per year
  • Non-EEA € 15,000 per year
  • 36 months

The doctoral program provides an exceptional opportunity to pursue fundamental and applied research to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges in the world. Our graduates emerge from the program with an understanding of diverse approaches to environmental problems, extensive practical research experience, professional networks, analytical and practical thinking skills, and both the commitment and capacity for addressing environmental challenges.

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Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Dec 2015
  • International $ 43,720 per year
  • 48 months

The Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) offers graduate study under the sponsorship of the Department of Geosciences. An understanding of the complex behavior of the atmosphere and oceans requires a balanced effort in theoretical analysis, numerical modeling, laboratory experiments and analysis of observations.

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Geosciences and Natural Resources
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA € 350 per year
  • Non-EEA € 350 per year
  • 36 months

The doctoral School's objective is to offer a training programme for and by research to French and foreign graduates wishing to acquire skills in geosciences, combining the fundamental aspects and their applications with the protection, exploitation and protection of natural resources.

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Ecology and Evolution
  • Sep 2016
  • National $ 7,944 per module
  • International $ 13,368 per module
  • Not specified

Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers has a long and distinguished history. The graduate program includes approximately 80 faculty and 60 graduate students. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and offers graduate education and training in microbial, plant, animal, and human ecology under the direction of outstanding faculty located at three campuses (New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden); two marine stations (in Tuckerton and Bivalve); the Pinelands Field Station in New Lisbon; and the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

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Environmental Change and Management Research Group
  • Jan 2016
  • Aug 2016
  • EEA £ 3,996 per year
  • International £ 12,500 per year
  • Not specified

The breadth of the School’s research expertise offers a wide range of opportunities for those wishing to embark on a programme of doctoral research in human or physical geography. Research students are registered for University of London degrees MPhil/PhD) and work under the close supervision of members of academic staff. We welcome applications from those wishing to study full or part- time. The School regularly holds NERC Algorithm Studentships and is part of Queen Mary’s Block Grant from the AHRC. At the time of going to press, the school is recognised by the ESRC for +3 and 1+3 Studentships and CASE Studentships, and is part of the College’s bid (jointly with Goldsmiths College) to host an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

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Geography and Environmental Sciences PhD/MPhil By Research
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 4,090 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 13,195 per year
  • 36 months

The School offers postgraduate research opportunities leading to PhD degrees across the whole range of its research activities, with funding coming from a variety of sources, including national research councils, School scholarships and industry.

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Weather Related Risk
  • Dec 2015
    Not specified
  • Not specified

The 2015/2016 edition of the Weather-Related Risk (WRR) curriculum of the PhD Programme in Understanding and Managing Extremes (UME) is being offered by the UME Graduate School of the IUSS Pavia. The WRR Programme covers the domain of risks linked to hydro-meteorological extremes.

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